The HotTopA home drum roaster with a 9oz capacity, adjustable heat and airflow profiling, and an external cooling tray.: A home drum roaster with a 9oz capacity, adjustable heat... ...more Roaster is for those who want larger batches than the air roasters, longer roasts, a commercial type roast-and-cool cycle, and a more robust machine.
Yep, if you roast more coffee you are going to get more smoke. There’s no way around it. With the HotTop, you are going to need ventilation to the outdoors, ideally by installing it under a kitchen vent hood.
The roast profileRoast Profile refers to the relationship between time and temperature in coffee roasting, with the endpoint being the "degree of roast". Roast profiling is the active manipulation of... ...more reproduces the results of shop drum roasterA roaster with a rotating drum that provides agitation to the beans, while a heating element (typically either electric or gas) provides heat. The metal drum conducts heat... ...more more than the small home air roasters. This especially suits folks who roast for espressoA small coffee beverage, about 20 ml, prepared on an espresso machine where pressurized hot water extracted through compressed coffee.: In its most stripped-down, basic form, this is... ...more extractionRefers to the process of infusing coffee with hot water. Hot water releases or "extracts" the flavor from the roasted, ground coffee. The term is used mostly with... ...more, but in cuppingCupping is a method of tasting coffee by steeping grounds in separate cups for discrete amounts of ground coffee, to reveal good flavors and defects to their fullest.... ...more the HotTops lighter roasts, I am impressed with the aromas and delicate balanceSuggests a harmony and proportion of qualities, and implies mildness since no one quality dominates.: Balance is both an obvious and slippery taste term. It implies a harmony... ...more of the cup quality.
The HotTop is now available with two different control panel configurations but everything else on the roaster is the same (the two pictures below are at slightly different angles). The difference in the control panels is explained below.
From our experience, the real strength of the HotTop machines continues to be the fundamental design, which allows the beans to exit the drum to cool. Other drum roasters available require you either to keep the beans in the hot drum for the cooling cycle, or you can juggle a hot roasting chamber. HotTop USA has great support on the machine through Michael Chiang – he knows the machine backwards and forwards. He is able to troubleshoot problems with customers and send replacement parts either under warranty or sell them so you can keep an older machine working. Machines come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Latest information on the HotTop roasters is available on our main webcart site at HOTTOP- SWEETMARIAS.COM
Two HotTop Models are available:
HotTop Basic Coffee RoasterA machine for roasting coffee. Or the person operating it! The basic requirements for a coffee roaster are a heating element that gets suitably hot and a mechanism... ...more and the HotTop Programmable Coffee Roaster
HotTop Basic Coffee Roaster
The HotTop Basic Model KN-8828B 2K and to the right the 2K+
The new HotTop Basic is the latest model and features the following improvements over either of the earlier analog or digital models.
– Color LCD display
– Built-in line voltage control, no variac needed
– Built-in temperature safety features. User must press any key to continue roasting if darker roast needed when Hottop temperature display 415 F, otherwise Hottop will dump the beans and shut off the machine automatically.
– 15 – 17 minutes for a 250 grams (i.e. 9 oz or 1/2 lb) batch
– Target time, target temperature, fan speed, or heater power can be changed during roast
– Adjusted profile can be saved and played back
– Capacity: 225g – 300g per roasting (250g optimal)
2K Plus model has 2 thermocouples and more control options on the front panel.
HotTop Programmable Coffee Roaster
The HotTop Programmable model KN-8828P
The Hot Top Programmable model is built on the very solid foundation of the Basic machine – with an even more dynamic user interface; the programmable model allows the user to create a “roast profile” – that is there are 8 stages to the roast for which you can set time, temperature and fan speed. Up to 9 programmed roast profiles can be saved and recalled.
The machine has an Auto mode – so you do not need to program it. The LCD display gives you feedback on the roast at every point – so you can see where you are in the process. Programming the roast profile seems to be the “holy grail” for home roasters – because it gives you better control over the process.
The HotTop in Detail … Features and Function
Below are some details to help you decide if the HotTop is right for you. Further notes and tips are on this tip sheet page. The Hottop comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty. Some of the images below are from older models, but most of the information is pertinent since the chassis has changed little (the user control panel has changed significantly). Below this section we offer the HotTop Parts and Accessories.